I see it often – leadership teams at odds with each other, despite in-the-meeting agreements. Consciously or unconsciously, it seems that once back in their realm, silo walls go up, willingness and ability to work in cross-functional partnership goes down.

To facilitate more effective teamwork I structure opportunities for members to get to know each other better, in different and deeper, business-relevant ways. Doing so decreases the walls between them – both interpersonal and functional walls. After all, the better we know others, the more open we tend to feel, the more willing we are to work cooperatively. We support those we know, more readily than strangers.

If you need to marshal the energy of your team and mobilize for aligned action, create structured opportunities for them to learn more about one another.

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